It was a lovely early evening in Greenfield, Massachusetts, around 3:30 yesterday, November 18, when I took these photos of a beautiful part of my commute to and from work. A few miles from here, it isn't so pastoral, with plenty of traffic mediated by traffic lights and a Wal Green on the corner. But this is a slice of paradise. And if you head northwest via the back roads, there are plenty of things to see in daylight and sometimes things to avoid at night, such as deer. I love where I live. And I am grateful every day for it.
Peace and Love,
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Joni Mitchell at the gala concert held in her honor in January of 2007. Singer-songwriters, friends and musicians serenaded Mitchell with renditions of some of her most memorable songs. James Taylor, Herbie Hancock and Chaka Khan.
And next, a good-quality clip of Joni performing Sunny Sunday from her 1994 release Turbulent Indigo.
"A title is justified only when it is vague and even aims confusedly at the elliptical. My drawings inspire, and are not to be defined. They determine nothing. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined. They are a kind of metaphor..."
pastel over charcoal; private collection
The Golden Cell
Oil and gold metallic paint on paper prepared with white ground;The British Museum
"The value of art lies in its power to increase our moral force or establish its heightening influence."
The Boat, aka with Carona
"While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality... true art lies in a reality that is felt."
Pastel on paper mounted on board, The Woodner Collection
"I have often, as an exercise and as a sustenance, painted before an object down to the smallest accidents of its visual appearance. But the day left me sad and with an unsatiated thirst. The next day I let the other source run, that of imagination through the recollection of the forms and I was then reassured and appeased." ~ Redon
Pastel; The Art Institute of Chicago
"What distinguishes the artist from the dilettante? Only the pain the artist feels. The dilettante looks only for pleasure in art."
Le Bouddha (The Buddha)
Pastel on paper; Musee d'Orsay, Paris
"I await joyous surprises while working, an awakening of the materials that I work with and that my spirit develops."
Red Boat with Blue Sail 1906-07
Oil on canvas, Private collection
Silence (Le silence)
Profile and Flowers
Pastel on paper, McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX
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